Trouble Sleeping? Eat a Snack.
What you eat has a direct effect on how well you sleep at night. Can’t fall asleep? You might benefit from adding more potassium to your diet. You can find potassium naturally in bananas, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and beans. Another sleep-friendly snack option is low-fat yogurt or milk. Besides being rich in calcium, milk also contains tryptophan, which can help you fall asleep more easily. To see what else you should, or shouldn’t, be eating before bed check out the Health Magazine article “Best and Worst Foods for Sleep".
Consistent Bedtime = Smaller Waistline
A new study out of Brigham Young University suggests that going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day is linked to a lower percentage of body fat in young women. To avoid packing on the pounds, try to keep your schedule as consistent as possible. If you can’t get to sleep at the same time every night, be sure to at least wake up at the same time every day. The study found that a consistent wake time was more effective in maintaining a lower body fat than a consistent bedtime. For more information, you can read the study’s findings here from the American Journal of Health Promotion.